A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director:

Stephen King

Writers:

Stephen King (film by), Stephen King (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Estevez ... Bill Robinson
Pat Hingle ... Hendershot
Laura Harrington ... Brett
Yeardley Smith ... Connie
John Short ... Curt
Ellen McElduff ... Wanda June
J.C. Quinn ... Duncan
Christopher Murney ... Camp Loman
Holter Graham ... Deke
Frankie Faison ... Handy
Pat Miller Pat Miller ... Joe
Jack Canon Jack Canon ... Max
Larry Parks Larry Parks ... Steve (as Barry Bell)
John Brasington John Brasington ... Frank
J. Don Ferguson ... Andy
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Storyline

When Earth passes through the tail of Rea-M rogue comet, the machines come to life and start to kill mankind. A group of survivors is under siege from fierce trucks at the Dixie Boy truck stop gas station and they have to fight to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The day horror went into overdrive. See more »


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The two draw bridge operators at the beginning of the film are seen playing knock rummy. At the beginning of Stand by Me (also a King novella adaptation, also 1986) the boys are seen playing the same card game in their clubhouse. See more »

Goofs

In the close-ups of the pop machine, you can see the launch tube that hurl out the cans at high velocity. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man At Cashpoint: Honey, come on over here, sugarbuns. This machine just called me an asshole.
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Alternate Versions

King's thoughts and further info on these cuts can be read in the book "The Lost Work of Stephen King" by Stephen J. Spignesi. See more »

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Referenced in Supernatural: Goodbye Stranger (2013) See more »

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Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Produced by Harry Vanda, George Young
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"Who made Who?"
30 August 2002 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

For those of us who like Maximum Overdrive, we are apparently in the minority. I view it as a funny and entertaining, B-grade action/sci-fi flick. There's mass destruction and tons of carnage as everything on-screen is blown to bits...plus it's got Emilio Estevez. What's better than that? The movie does require major suspension of disbelief as some of the story elements don't work (for example: the honeymooner's car works just fine, but every other machine on earth, from lawn-mowers, electric knives, trucks, and even steam-rollers, go haywire). But then again, this movie is all about fun. The best part of the movie (besides Emilio) is that no one is shown any sympathy...not even kids; in one stand-out scene, a steam-roller comes out of nowhere and completely squashes this innocent kid. Maximum Overdrive is a cool and outrageous cult classic that Stephen King should be proud of. Sadly, I feel that King will never direct again.

Note for genre buffs: C.H.U.D. alumni Frankie Faison and J.C. Quinn star in the movie. King himself also cameos as the ATM guy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Overdrive See more »

Filming Locations:

Supply, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,205,644, 27 July 1986

Gross USA:

$7,433,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,433,663
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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